A Data-Driven Approach to Cyber Risk Assessment

A Data-Driven Approach to Cyber Risk Assessment

19 Oct 2020

The Università Politecnica delle Marche and the F3RM1 foundation with Giuseppe Gottardi published on September 9, 2019 this research paper on Cyber Risk Assessment.


Cyber risk assessment requires defined and objective methodologies; otherwise, its results cannot be considered reliable. The lack of quantitative data can be dangerous: if the assessment is entirely qualitative, subjectivity will loom large in the process. Too much subjectivity in the risk assessment process can weaken the credibility of the assessment results and compromise risk management programs. On the other hand, obtaining a sufficiently large amount of quantitative data allowing reliable extrapolations and previsions is often hard or even unfeasible. In this paper, we propose and study a quantitative methodology to assess a potential annualized economic loss risk of a company. In particular, our approach only relies on aggregated empirical data, which can be obtained from several sources. We also describe how the method can be applied to real companies, in order to customize the initial data and obtain reliable and specific risk assessments.

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